• Released
  • September 4, 1999
  • R , 1 hr 54 min
  • Satire
    Psychological Drama
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Holy Smoke Synopsis
An Australian (Kate Winslet) woman gets involved in an Indian cult.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
As much fun as anything director/co-writer Jane Campion has ever filmed. Holy Smoke lets it all hang out.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Sexy, snotty, vulnerable and above all contentious, she's (Winslet) the catalyst in a movie that creates more man-woman electricity than any...
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Baltimore Sun

By Ann Hornaday
A quirky and satisfying love story.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Winslet and Keitel are brilliant as cult member & deprogrammer.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
If this is an example of Australian live-and-let- live, it is very likable.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Too tightly made not to keep you watching, Holy Smoke is also too hokey and didactic to take seriously.
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San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
By its hilarious, grotesquely over-the-top climax, Holy Smoke is ideologically, metaphorically out of control, as if it has risen from the...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Either Campion is the most inspirational director of performers or Winslet the most carnal.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
In the end, Holy Smoke crashes and burns.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A smaller picture like this, shot out of the mainstream, has a better chance of being quirky and original. And quirky it is, even if not...
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Rated R | For strong sexuality and language